WKTV - For just the second time ever and the first time in four years, Whitestown Post is heading to the Legion Baseball state tournament in Binghamton. Whitestown won the District V title Friday, beating Utica 15-3.
Winning it all would be huge for this team, many of whom played for Whitesboro baseball, who've come close recently, but never tasted state title success.
"I've never won a state championship before, so it'd be nice.," says P/1B Ryan Watson. "We've always come up short, but I want to go all the way this time."
"Our offense, we put up 55 runs in those games and our pitching stepped up in the playoffs, big time.," added Dylan Gorski, the team's catcher.
Dan Smith is the lone player on the team who isn't from Whitesboro, but instead Westmoreland. "It would definitely be nice winning a state championship, especially because Whitesboro was so close during high school season and it would make up for it a little bit, winning the state championship for legion."
Smith will be joining Watson, Matt Engler and Brendan Heitz at HCCC this year, where all three will play for Jason Rathbun's Generals. Whitestown Post manager Paul Engelhart is one of Rathbun's assistants. He's excited for next spring, but first, he and his team are focused on their task this week.
"Hopefully this year we've got what it takes to take it to the next level and take it all," says Engelhart. "We're going to take it one game at a time. If we happen to lose the first game, we've got enough depth both pitching and defense and hitting where we can get right back in the tournament and make it to the championship and anything can happen."
Whitestown's first game at states is Wednesday morning at 9:30 against Shrub Oak. If they win, they'll play Thursday at 5 p.m. If they lose, they'll play at 9:30 in the morning again.